OUR FESTIVAL COMPETITIONS:
DRAWTASTIC is extremely proud to be associated with the wonderful '2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival'. Now in its 5th year of existence, the '2D OR NOT 2D' fest primarily celebrates animation that is hand-crafted traditionally - although it has always sought to bring the very best of all kinds of animation to the Seattle scene. Entries are received from all over the world and the judging committee reduces these entries down to the very best the festival is able to screen to the public throughout the day. This year the added bonus is that between screenings animation fans can enjoy all the other attractions that DRAWTASTIC has to offer!
The climax of the animation day is the presentation and screening of of the festival's top prestigious 'Golden Pencil Awards' ~ reserved for only the very best of the best of screened entries! There are a number of different award categories offering prizes so this event is one not to miss! This presentation is also planned to be screened live over the Internet - or else streamed freely after the event on this website.
Previous '2D OR NOT 2D' award-winners, Tomm Moore & Ross Stewart, went on to get an Oscar nomination for their beautiful movie 'Secret of Kells'!
Animators: It's not too late to enter your film into the '2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival. Do it HERE. (Note though that he final deadline for entries is March 27th, 2016.)
Presentations & Workshops
One very exciting addition to the festival this year is the fact that the festival will host the 'Seattle premiere' of Elliot Cowan's indie animated movie adventure, "The Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & Roundhead". We take additional pleasure to announce that the NY-based filmmaker has agreed to fly to Seattle to present his film in person and answer audience questions about it.
Another feature of this year's festival events are our illustrated 1-hour 'workshops' - where top & respected professionals from all kinds of creative disciplines will talk of their life and work and explain how the 'humble pencil' is important to what they do too. More details of our workshop speakers can be found by linking to our 'Speakers' page but here is a potted overview of what to expect this year...
'The Simpsons' animator, Silvia Pompei, will present her life and extensive body of work as one of a very few highly successful women's animators in the industry who still uses the pencil. Check out her incredible 'Simpsons' material - as well as the other outstanding work she has produced so far throughout her career.
Mike Ton is one of the top technical directors in the video game industry who has worked for a variety of the very top game companies, including Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. Here he will talk about how the pencil still very much features in his work as a developer of video games, as well as show other aspects of his creative work.
Festival director, Tony White, hosts a 1-hour drawing workshop for animators (and wanna-be animators) - based on the exercises to be found in his forthcoming Focal Press book, 'The Animator's Sketchbook'. Tony also runs the 'Animator's Sketchclub' online, which at the time of writing has over 4.5 thousand members - even though its only been in existence for 10 months! (Don't forget to bring your sketchbook and pencils for this fun, hands-on event!)
Note: Additional workshop events are being planned for the day that, when confirmed, will be announced here later - so do check back later!
Advancing its mission in support of the 'humble pencil', the DRAWTASTIC festival announces its unique drawing competition for students & non-students alike!
Artists are invited to submit original and innovative drawings that visually celebrate the power of the pencil. Special consideration will be given to the inspiration behind the idea - rather than just technical ability. This means that 'non-drawers' are as welcome to enter as experienced artists. (See categories below.)
The finest drawings from each category will be awarded a signed 'Golden Pencil Certificate' at our '2D OR NOT 2D Animation Festival' awards ceremony and if winners cannot attend to receive their award, their certificate will be mailed to them shortly after the event.
Winning drawings will also be displayed on the day at the festival - as well as be featured on a special 'Gallery' page on this website from May 2016 and beyond.
Winning drawing awards are open to artists from the following categories...
i) Art Groups or Individual artists,
iii) High Schools
iii) Junior High Schools.
iv) Animator's Sketchclub members only!
(Note: For student entries, evidence of age and school/college attendance may be required.)
Full-time school & college student & Animator's Sketchclub members = FREE!
Non-students = $5.
For original drawings sent by mail, payment should be made by check with the submitted drawing. Checks should be made payable to 'Tony White/Drawtastic'.
Digital submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with entry fees paid via the email@example.com PayPal account, using the 'Friends or Family' connection.
Note: Selected digital drawings may require a hard-copy version upon request - to be exhibited in the festival exhibition on the day of the event.
i) Hard-copy original drawings should be mailed to 'Drawtastic Competition', PO Box 46543, Seattle, WA 98146.
ii) Mailed drawings will ONLY be returned if they are accompanied by a stamped address envelope.
iii) Artists may submit up to 3 drawings each.
iv) Mail submissions must have the name, age, email and contact phone number of the artist clearly written on the back of the drawing. They should also indicate what category the drawing is entered into. Digital submissions should have this information contained within the body of the submission email. Failure to do this could mean disqualification and/or the loss of original artwork.
v) The closing date for entries is Wed, April 27th 2016.
Any questions regarding the DRAWTASTIC drawing competition should be addressed to... firstname.lastname@example.org